I drink a good-sized tumbler of coffee every morning, straight black. I spilled about ¾ of it over my desk just before writing this. It went everywhere. There was a loud clunk.

‘Ha! You okay over there?’ Joel, the guy who sits in the cube next to me, said.

‘Yeah, I just… Yeah, I’m fine.’

I then proceeded to go to the bathroom to get paper towels, with an annoyed head rush like what the frick, what the frick…

Then, at the sink, I realized that it was kind of fun to deal with this low level crisis. I was annoyed but also exhilarated at the inconvenience. The beginnings of my days are usually uneventful, peaceful coffee sipping and email answering.

Then I thought of GK Chesterton:

“An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.”


© Daniel Douglas


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